James Harden on possibly winning back-to-back MVP awards: 'I need it, I need it for sure'

James Harden wants to win a second consecutive MVP award.

“I need it, I need it for sure, and I’m gonna get it,” Harden told The Athletic Wednesday.

The Rockets star won his first MVP and helped lead Houston to within one game of an NBA Finals appearance last year. Harden was unstoppable in December and has carried the Rockets to fourth place in the Western Conference, despite a 1-5 start.

Houston has won nine of its last 10 games. Harden has averaged 40.8 points per game during that stretch and shows no signs of showing down.

The Warriors fell short to a struggling Rockets team earlier this season, so Houston will try to replicate its last result against the Dubs on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET in Oracle Arena.